Acclaimed US documentary filmmakerErrol Morris will be the guest of honour at the 2005 Hot Docs CanadianInternational Documentary Festival. Along with a retrospective of his work, thedirector of such films as Gates Of Heaven,The Thin Blue Line and the AcademyAward-winning Fog Of War will bepresented with the event's annual Outstanding Achievement Award and participatein an on-stage interview.

In a statement the retrospective's curator Marc Glassman said Morris was afilmmaker 'in the tradition of the masters of documentary, the inheritorof the empirical approach of Fred Wiseman, Al Maysles and D A Pennebaker. Likethem, he appreciates being on the outside looking in, at a society and culturein flux, that needs its truth-tellers and clear-sighted thinkers.'

The festival, which runs from Apr 22 to May 1 in Toronto, will also feature asidebar focus devoted to the work of Canadian filmmaker Larry Weinstein, whose filmsfocus on the art of making music. Hot Docs, along with the industry-related TorontoDocumentary Forum (Apr 27-28), announces its complete line-up on Mar 30.